Cildren, young people and adult stakeholders are being invited to take part in a special consultation event in the Guildhall next month as part of the Council area’s bid to achieve Unicef Child Friendly Community status.
The Unicef Community and Youth Discovery Days will take place on Thursday February 6 and Friday February 7 and will allow children and young people to discuss how they feel within their local community as well as how their rights are respected or violated.
The event is being facilitated by Unicef UK in partnership with local statutory, community and voluntary sector organisations.
Local young people from the Unicef Youth Advisory Panel will take a leading role, presenting and facilitating on the day.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Michaela Boyle, encouraged organisations working with children and young people aged 10-18 to get involved.
“Child Friendly Communities aim to create cities and communities where all children, whether they live in care, use a children’s centre, visit a leisure centre or local library have a meaningful say in and truly benefit from the local decisions, services and spaces that shape their lives,” she explained.
“With expert training and guidance from Unicef UK, the partnership sees politicians, staff and volunteers turning to children’s rights – as set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – to guide decisions that affect children and young people.
“Ongoing work has been taking place at a local level and a range of youth and adult stakeholders have already been involved in remote consultation.
“This event allows children and young people to have an input into the decisions that affect them – from major policies, to decisions around the care they receive. We will be talking about things like spaces to play and meet friends, being healthy and feeling safe.”
At the event young people will learn more about children’s rights globally and nationally and hear about the local picture.
In the afternoon, attendees will work in groups to look at what’s going well and what needs attention for children and young people in the Council area.
Claire Lynch, DSCDC Children and Young Peoples Coordinator said “We need to work with the relevant partners to ensure that we develop more child friendly and accessible services, tailored to our local needs.
“The partnership with Unicef UK gives us an opportunity to focus our attention in a joined up manner through the Community Planning approach.”
Anyone interested in taking part in the Youth Discovery Day should register their interest at firstname.lastname@example.org